In This Issue
Ride the Train!
Mounds Lake Reservoir
Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize
Environmental Justice
Staff Updates
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Ride the Train:  
Join us in Crawfordsville today!

You're invited to join Crawfordsville Mayor Barton and Fritz Plous of Corri
dor Capital LLC, the newly-selected operator of the Hoosier State train, at a town meeting on Passenger Rail in Indiana.

Learn the latest on the current state of passenger rail in Indiana, as well as the potential for developing high speed corridors and the benefits and costs that accompany this expanded service.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. The meeting will be held in the Donelley Room of the Crawfordsville Public Library.
Learn more here.
HEC Calls for Alternative to Damaging Reservoir Project

HEC is calling for an alternative to the proposed Mounds reservoir project, which would dam the West Fork White River and create long-lasting, harmful consequences for Indiana's environment and river-based tourism sector.  


If built, the reservoir would replace a high quality river ecosystem with an artificial reservoir which would drown part of Mounds State Park and threaten the park's prehistoric Native American earthworks, and destroy nearly 1,000 acres of healthy bottomland hardwood forest along the river. Other areas that would be flooded by the proposed lake are a unique nature preserve - the Mounds Fen -- and a popular mountain biking park in Anderson.  


HEC is working with local organizations and will release information on the alternative plan in the coming weeks. Learn more about the adverse consequences of this controversial project by reading our newly written policy brief

Announcing the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize

Paul Chase was a great advocate, lawyer, son, partner, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.  In his more than thirty year career as a lawyer and advocate, Paul advanced the causes of affordable energy, climate change action, civil rights, consumer rights, health care access & affordability, and renewable power.    


Paul, a treasured friend of the Indiana public interest community, was tragically taken from us, due to a car accident, on June 25, 2014.


In celebration of the life of a true champion of social justice, the Hoosier Environmental Council has established the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize.


Learn more about Paul's life and how you can help keep his memory alive here.
Understanding and addressing the environmental justice needs of Lake County 
Low-income and minority communities in northern Lake County live with disproportionate environmental burdens and related health risks from the extreme concentration of polluting industries in the area. Historic, discriminatory land use practices, and the continued inability of citizens to effectively engage in environmental decision-making perpetuate this injustice.

HEC conducted a detailed needs assessment of the technical, scientific, policy, legal and other resources currently available to assist Lake County residents to engage in decision-making that affects the air they breathe, water they drink and communities where they live. We also surveyed more than 300 residents as to their views on what resources are needed to empower them to address their pollution concerns, and trained a community group to conduct air and water testing in their neighborhoods.

What we found is startling and detailed in our comprehensive environmental justice needs assessment report.
Access the report here.
HEC Comings and Goings

HEC is pleased to report that our staff has grown!  We have brought on Julie Rhodes to be our new Development Operations Director. Julie is a seasoned sustainability professional, whose rich career includes serving as Executive Director of both a national and a state non-profit as well as in leadership positions related to sustainability at both the state and local government level.    In her role as DOD, Julie oversees HEC's new initiative to deepen and widen relationships with HEC's statewide donor base.

And we are proud that one of our staff will begin a new chapter, after six years with HEC.  Our Outreach Coordinator, Falon French,  has long aspired to pursue graduate school to further her knowledge of both environmental policy and science.  And she landed into her dream grad school.  Congratulations, Falon...Thank you for all of your great contributions to HEC through the years, and you will remain a part of the HEC family!  HEC will be announcing Falon's successor in the coming days.
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